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  1. Lauren says

    My 9 month old used to wake between 6 & 630 and now enjoys being up for the day between 5 & 530… he is breast fed. He nurses either 545 or 645 then cereal with fruit an hour later. Then naps usually 3 hours after wake up for 1-2 hours depending on the day. Then has a 4 oz bottle. An hour later he has a veggie and puffs. Sometimes he naps again 3 hours after wake up(ish). Nurses around 2/3 depending on the day. The dinner at 5 he gets a protein puréed with a veggie or fruit cereal. Then bedtime between 7&8 he typically nursing to sleep. This was working for quite some time I don’t know what changed. I feel badly like he isn’t getting enough rest. No matter what time he goes to bed he’s up at the same time

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Lauren, thanks for writing to us. I’m sorry you’ve recently been struggling with early wake ups with your 9 month old. There is a little regression they go through at this age, so hopefully things will smooth out in a few weeks. Here is a link to an article with a few reasons why your baby may be waking up early, so you may want to read through it to see if you are missing anything:
      If you still can’t figure it out, let us know! We can look into a full sleep history for him in one of our Personalized Sleep Consultations and can help you figure out where the issue is and how to tweak his schedule to get him sleeping in to an appropriate time in the morning again. Here is a link to read more about that if you are interested:
      I hope things resolve for you soon! Hang in there!

  2. Diana Cekodhima says

    I have a 9 month old boy and this is his schedule:
    7:30-8:00 formula
    10:00-11:00 nap maybe
    11:00 fruits
    1:00- 3:00 lunch meat and veggies
    4:00-7:00 dinner same as lunch
    8:00-10:00 bed time routine and some pay time
    10:00 formula/sleep through night!
    He is also teething so this is not a standard schedule! Today for example he is been sleeping for 3 hours straight! 1-4! I don’t know if there is anything wrong with it or is normal to not wake up for feeding!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi Diana –
      Thank you for writing to us and for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource for sleep! 9 month old babies typically have two naps per day, as noted in this article. While it is common to have “off days” (especially while teething!) and to sleep through a feed here and there, sleeping too much in the day can make nights tougher. Do make this schedule your own and do what works best for you and your family, and thanks for reading!

  3. Kristen Lutz says

    Does the time my baby wakes effect bedtime. My LO goes to sleep at 6:30-7 (usually closer to 7) and is up at 5:45. I feel like because she is up so early maybe she should go to bed earlier. Especially since her last nap ends around 2.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Kristen,
      Thanks for your comment! Yes, the time your baby wakes will affect her ideal nap times and bedtime. We have a custom schedule generator to help you adjust the sample schedule to better reflect your family’s schedule:
      I hope it will help!

  4. Fiona says

    How do you know whether your baby wakes in the 5 o clock hour and will go back to sleep versus ready to start the day? You mention:

    “Although many babies can go all night without a single feeding, in my experience, some do better with one feeding after 4 or 5 a.m. and sleep longer than not feed and get an early wake-time. I would need to know your specific situation to make a recommendation, but just recognize that all babies are different.”

    I’ve tried to feed and put him back in the crib..sometimes he just cries and moves around the crib..sometimes sleeps but only a short amount of time (30 mins if I’m lucky).
    After he has milk around 5 o clock hour (am), he usually appears awake. Should I just keep putting him back in the crib every morning anyways? I’m trying to fix very early wakings but not sure what to do..he seems to only sleep 9-10 hours a night

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Fiona, thanks for writing. I am sorry you’ve been experiencing early wakings! Here is an article that gives some tips specifically in regards to early waking that may help you figure out where the issue is coming from:
      I hope this helps! If you can’t figure it out and need more help, please contact us directly at [email protected] and we can help point you in the direction of other resources that can help. Hang in there!

  5. chantelle says

    Hi I have a 9mth old girl, who is breastfed and has solids as well…I am up literally all night sitting up feeding as she does not sleep through the night up every half hr on a good night and during the day on a good day she will have half hr-1hr sleep if I’m lucky so exhausted tried Just putting her down but she just screams soon as she gets put down…she has been like this since birth has only ever slept 4hrs during the night once and that was at 6wks old

    • Neosha says

      @Chantelle – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. We’re so sorry to hear that your little girl has had such a tough road with sleep – we know how exhausted you both must be! If you haven’t considered any form of sleep coaching yet, please check out this brief article on how to get started: Please let us know if we can be of any help to you during this journey as our only goal is to help your family sleep better!

  6. Devin says

    My almost 9 months old son goes to bed with 8 oz. formal with 2 tablespoon of baby cereal added at 10pm per our family’s preferences. He wakes between 7:30-9 am. He gets a 7-9 ounce bottle of formula every 4-5 hours and averages 4-5 bottles a day and 1 sitting of baby food with a jar of fruit and a jar of vegetables. I’m slowly introducing finger foods but he does extremely well with baby food and no allergies thus far. He gets his 2 naps of 1-2 hours a day. So far this works for us as we have a 24 pound 30 inch baby boy!!! The more solids I introduce will allow me to cut back to 7 ounce bottles as I can give him snacks in between. Every baby is different so as long as your baby is healthy and getting enough breast milk/ formula and adequate sleep you’re probably doing a great job!

    • Neosha says

      @Devin – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. It sounds like this indeed is working well for you all! We’re so glad to hear your little guy is eating and sleeping so well! Thank you, again, for sharing!

  7. Hil says


    I have a 9 month old. She was always on a schedule very similar to your examples. The only thing was we were rocking her to sleep for 10-15 min and lay her down to her crib. And we were OK with that. BUT, last week she had a cold and wanted to sleep in our arms. Now we need to rock her for hours. Whenever we lay her down, she wakes up, stands up in her crib and cries. What should we do?
    If I work with you for consultation, is cry the only way? I don’t want her to cry to sleep.
    Thank you.

    • Neosha says

      @Hil – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village! I’m so sorry to hear that your little girl’s sleep seemed to regress once she got sick – unfortunately, this is a very common thing that happens with babies who otherwise sleep well. Please rest assured that our team is made up of all moms and we all wish to limit tears as much as possible (we’ve all been where you are!) so, no, a full-on crying method is NOT the only way and is rarely how we guide our families, unless it’s their preference. We’d love to work more with your family and help you all get back on track. You can read about our services here: or if you would like more help deciding on which package will work best, reach out to our Client Relations team here and they can help you with your choices: Hang in there, Hil.

  8. Mumoftwo says

    Thanks for sample routine.
    No day is same here, no routine yet. I find our 9 months old getting very upset last few evenings.
    I’m getting myself ready to start a routine from tomorrow morning, week before our 4 year old daughter goes back to school.

    We’ve 2 parties on next week, 1 in the house (just tea and cake).
    How do you adjust the bedtime to family occasions?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Mumoftwo – thank you for writing to us! Juggling schedules can be so difficult, and working around family gatherings is something I’ve had to deal with many times. It is going to totally depend on your baby how flexible they can be, but I would first get your baby on a schedule so their sleep is predictable, and during this time, I would recommend not going “off book” and taking any outings that would disrupt their scheduled naps and bedtime. For us, as my baby got older, it has become easier to push him past bedtime a little, but there have been many times I’ve had to leave an event early (leaving my husband and my older son to party on!) to get the baby home to bed. I take it on a case by case basis, personally. If you want specific help for these situations, let us know and we’d be happy to help. We’d love to work with you on getting a schedule in place and any other sleep issues that may be going on. To work with us directly please visit here:
      I hope this helps!

      • Mumoftwo says

        Thank you Janelle.

  9. Steph says

    Should nap times be the same time every day, or should I adjust them based on the time my baby woke up? For example, on the days he sleeps 7pm-6am, I make naps 9 and 1? And on the days he sleeps 7pm-7am I make naps 10 and 2? Or is it always 10 and 2, no matter what?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Steph, thanks for your comment! It is likely if he woke at 6 that you would need to move the nap earlier. 😉 Whenever my boys were small I would watch them and if they started acting ready for a nap and it was too early for our normal schedule, I wouldn’t push them to stay up, and straight to bed they would go! I hope that helps. 🙂

  10. Amanda Campbell says

    I have twin boys, 9 months old.

    7am Formula
    8am Breakfast
    **play time**
    930am Nap
    11am Formula
    12pm Lunch
    **play time**
    1pm Nap
    2pm Formula
    **play time**
    4pm Optional 30-45 minute nap
    5pm Formula
    7pm Dinner
    730pm in bed

    • Janelle Reid says

      Thank you @Amanda Campbell for sharing the schedule that is working for your boys!